A virtual trade mission is underway to promote Ireland as a filming destination for Hollywood studios, including Disney.
In the wake of yesterday’s Oscar nominations, which saw Kilkenny-based illustration studio Cartoon Saloon in the running for best Animated Feature Film for, Screen Ireland is leading a series of meetings with US studios and streamers to encourage more film industries to consider Ireland as a base for shooting and production.
Ireland has a history of strong links with the creative screen industry in Los Angeles and this year Irish-produced film and TV projects, includingand , have featured heavily within the international award season. The film, TV and animation sector in Ireland is worth €692 million.
“Since the last trade mission to Los Angeles, US-Ireland industry partnerships have continued to grow with Irish projects achieving critical and commercial success around the globe,” said Désirée Finnegan, chief executive of Screen Ireland.
“Despite many challenges, the Irish creative screen industries have demonstrated resilience throughout the pandemic. This trade mission aims to further strengthen relationships with our US partners and build towards future industry growth and success.”
Screen Ireland and the Minister for Arts, Catherine Martin TD are leading the virtual LA trade mission to strengthen working relationships between the Irish screen industry and the world’s largest streaming and production companies. They hope to build on recent successes by updating industry leaders on the continued growth of the film sector in Ireland and by both strengthening existing partnerships and securing new ones.
“The sector has doubled in size in the last 10 years, and with additional production infrastructure planned, together with the continued work of Screen Ireland to grow the skills base, we are well-positioned to realise our ambition to be a global hub for content production,” Martin said.
“In addition, the use of Ireland as an iconic film location has the added benefit of generating ‘screen tourism’ and thereby attracting more visitors to Ireland.”
Meetings will take place with senior executives from LA-based studios, content creators and streaming services and the Irish delegation, which also includes Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland.
Since Screen Ireland’s last trade mission to Los Angeles in September 2019, the Irish creative industries have experienced significant international success. In recent years, Disney created a number of productions in Ireland includingand , while Netflix is currently in production here with , and animation projects with Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon.
Cartoon Saloon has also partnered with Apple on the critically acclaimed, and the Apple TV series . Warner Media recently announced a newly acquired coproduction series for with Nine Story/ Brown Bag Films.